The United States announced changes to the exam to obtain citizenship
A permanent resident can naturalize if, in addition to meeting certain immigration and personal requirements, they pass a test that includes English language proficiency and civic knowledge, among other points. That test will change in two of its five points
According to a Department of Homeland Security announcement in the Federal Register, a test will first be taken for a portion of the exam. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The New York Times)
Changes are coming to the US citizenship test . According to an announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DNS) in the Federal Register, these changes will be made on an experimental basis for one part of the exam and for five months in 2023< /p>
The naturalization test currently consists of four parts: reading, writing, civics, and English language proficiency. The first two parts, reading and writing, will not change. The changes, based on recommendations from US citizenship experts, will occur in the other two: English Speaking and Civics.
According to official notification, virtual testing will begin on < b>January 23, 2023. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the modified naturalization test, on a pilot basis, with the help of community organizations dedicated to immigrant English learners and permanent residents preparing for citizenship.
The civics portion of the citizenship test tests your knowledge and understanding of the history of the United States and the principles and forms of its government. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
Experts tasked with redesigning the test have recommended improving standards for the English Speaking and Civics exams. “The naturalization test is a key step in becoming a US citizen,” he said in a statement Ur M. Jaddou, director of USCIS.
To carry out this experiment, the immigration authority is looking for volunteers. 1,500 people are needed to be enrolled in adult education classes to take the citizenship test. The agency will also invite interested groups from across the country to submit feedback on various aspects of this test, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCIS has indicated that it will invite feedback from interested groups across the country on all aspects of the pilot test. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
“We welcome the input and participation of stakeholders who are familiar with this important process,” Jaddou said. “We will continue to improve and update our naturalization test to ensure it is consistent with the standards.”
Naturalization applications filed during the experimental period will not be affected by the experimental tests . Any permanent changes to the naturalization test, USCIS reported, will be announced in the Federal Register after that period.